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Employer Facebook Password Requests Suspended

creimer Re:A better policy.... (209 comments)

That happened to my Dad. He spent $800 replacing various parts he knew he needed to eventually replace. The check engine light didn't go away. He took it into the shop, they ran the diagnostics, and it turned out to be a blown resistor inside a $35 component.

Later he gave me his car. When the check engine came on, I took it down to the shop. They replaced the battery, ignition switch and vacuum hose. My Dad paid the $900 since these were "pre-existing conditions" that he should have fixed. I think I finally got all the bugs out of this car. Haven't had any major problems since then.

more than 3 years ago
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A Robot In Every Korean Kindergarten By 2013?

creimer Re:Would the grade sheet say ... (136 comments)

You mean the Turing test in the sex ed class? Boys who plug their joystick into an electrical outlet should automatically fail.

more than 3 years ago
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iPad Serial-Port Adapter Previewed

creimer About time! (88 comments)

All I need now - besides an iPad - is an external U.S. Robotics 2400 baud modem to access all those old school BBSes that are still around. :P

more than 3 years ago
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John Carmack On RAGE For iOS/Android

creimer Re:Date of birth to read article? (105 comments)

Put in 01/01/01 (that's 1901). Maybe someone will read the logs and figure out that there's a huge market of 109-years-old who surf the internet and play violent video games on mobile devices.

more than 3 years ago
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Sudden Demand For Logicians On Wall Street

creimer Re:Practical Joke? (525 comments)

Don't bother. Just a bunch of BS artists hiring whiz kids to find a pony in a pile of manure. Won't smell pretty if they do find the pony.

more than 3 years ago
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Where Were You When PLATO Was Born?

creimer Re:Back in 1973... (162 comments)

"Solid State" (TM) always struck me as a marketing term back then. I also thought "solid" meant you couldn't take the cover off to mess around inside the TV. If you can't look inside the box, who knows what was going on inside. I didn't pick up on electronic theory until I got into college. By the mid-1990s, DIY electronic repair was on the way out and the local community colleges in Silicon Valley cut their electronic programs to nothing.

more than 3 years ago
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Where Were You When PLATO Was Born?

creimer Re:Back in 1973... (162 comments)

Yes and no. I used "electronics" when I meant "TVs". My family didn't get a solid state TV until 1977 and the vacuum tube TVs we had back then weren't retired until the 1990s.

more than 3 years ago
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Where Were You When PLATO Was Born?

creimer Re:Please explain... (162 comments)

Got a problem with Socratic method of learning? Not like anyone is asking you to drink a cup of poison.

more than 3 years ago
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Where Were You When PLATO Was Born?

creimer Re:Exploration (162 comments)

The tech boom of the 70s-90s came about after the IBM priesthood for the mainframes died out by smaller computers that require less maintenance. As for why there's no more tech boom now, there's no money in computers anymore. College graduates for the last ten years have been chancing after health care to make the big bucks.

more than 3 years ago
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Where Were You When PLATO Was Born?

creimer Back in 1973... (162 comments)

I was a four-year-old who had taken off the cover of the 26" TV console in the living room to poke around the glowing vacuum tubes. "Solid State" (TM) electronics was still a few years off. Surprisingly, I made it out of childhood without electrocuting myself too many times. Since then, I've been working my though every Fortune 500 company in Silicon Valley. Always arriving after some big name had left. Sad but true.

more than 3 years ago
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Your Computer Or iPad Could Be Disrupting Sleep

creimer Well, doh! (351 comments)

Simple solution: TURN THE DEVICE OFF!

Yeah, I know. It's primitive and crude to be pressing the off button on a device. It's not that hard. Using a power strip to turn off a bunch of "always on" devices (i.e., everything connected to TV) not only makes it easy to turn turn them off but also saves electricity when you're not using them.

more than 3 years ago
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John Carmack To Cut Space Tourism Prices 50%

creimer There's a catch... (185 comments)

You're paying for a one-way ticket to go up into space. Coming down from space will be free.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Is Collecting Your Kindle Highlights & Notes

creimer Simple solution... (211 comments)

Just use a regular highlighter pen. Of course, you might want to cover the display with clear plastic first. :P

more than 3 years ago
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Apple May Face Antitrust Inquiry

creimer Re:You know... (457 comments)

If Apple is fascist, does that mean Microsoft is capitalist? No wonder the economy is in a bad shape. :P

more than 3 years ago
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Apple May Face Antitrust Inquiry

creimer Re:You know... (457 comments)

For a company whose users have been stereotyped as hipsters, they really love to retain control over EVERYTHING they sell.

And everything works reasonably well. Took me six months to switch away from Windows and I haven't looked back in the last five years. Apple must be doing something right.

more than 3 years ago
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MATLAB Can't Manipulate 64-Bit Integers

creimer Re:So... (334 comments)

I will give you a numerically precise answer... DANGER, WILL ROBINSON, DANGER!

more than 3 years ago
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Win7 Can Delete All System Restore Points On Reboot

creimer Re:How prevalent? (449 comments)

There are some people who view taking a dump as an artistic expression and don't bother to flush the toilet. At one company I worked for, this became known as a "cherry bomb" whenever you come upon an unflushed toilet. Seriously, some people shouldn't be eating at Taco Bell everyday.

more than 3 years ago
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Russian Hacker Selling 1.5M Facebook Accounts

creimer Re:Translation (193 comments)

Basically make everything the fault of the victim even if it's clearly not their fault.

And charge a fee. Remember, in the financial industry, you're criminally stupid if you don't make money off the mistakes of those around you. That's American capitalism for you.

more than 3 years ago

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China Brushes Out Distinctive Hues of Names

creimer creimer writes  |  about 5 years ago

creimer writes "The New York Times is reporting that some Chinese citizens will have to change their name for the new identity cards.

"The bureau's computers, however, are programmed to read only 32,252 of the roughly 55,000 Chinese characters, according to a 2006 government report. The result is that Miss Ma and at least some of the 60 million other Chinese with obscure characters in their names cannot get new cards — unless they change their names to something more common.""

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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Christopher D. Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting the death of John W. Backus, 82, creator of the FORTRAN programming language. From the article: 'Mr. Backus and his youthful team, then all in their 20s and 30s, devised a programming language that resembled a combination of English shorthand and algebra. Fortran, short for Formula Translator, was very similar to the algebraic formulas that scientists and engineers used in their daily work. With some training, they were no longer dependent on a programming priesthood to translate their science and engineering problems into a language a computer would understand.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that only one percent of web pages are sexually explict. From the article: 'A confidential analysis of Internet search queries and a random sample of Web pages taken from Google and Microsoft's giant Internet indices showed that only about 1 percent of all Web pages contain sexually explicit material. [...] The ACLU said the analysis, by Philip B. Stark, a professor of statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, did not appear to substantially help the Department of Justice in its effort to prove that criminal penalties are necessary to protect minors from exposure to sexually explicit information on the Internet.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting a federal investigation of the the Venezuelan owners of Smartmatic Corporation, a voting software company, and whether the anti-U.S. government is trying to influence the U.S. midterm elections. According to the article: 'Government officials familiar with the Smartmatic inquiry said they doubted that even if the Chávez government was some kind of secret partner in the company, it would try to influence elections in the United States. But some of them speculated that the purchase of Sequoia could help Smartmatic sell its products in Latin America and other developing countries, where safeguards against fraud are weaker.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "Call me an old fart but I been trying to find a brand new manual typewriter at a reasonable price so I can fulfill my Hemingway fantasy of writing on a typewriter and drinking a shot between pages. (The MacBook is nice but falls a bit short in the fantasy department.) There seem to be only one model from two different vendors (the MS 25 from Olivetti and Royal). Does anyone know if there are other manual typewriters available?"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The BBC is reporting that the American Bluegills fish is being used as an early warning system for dangerous substances in the local water supply. From the article: 'A small number of fish are kept in tanks which are constantly filled with water from the municipal supply. The computerised system registers changes in the fishes' vital signs and sends an alert when something is wrong. Since 11 September 2001, the US government has taken the threat of attacks on water supplies seriously.'"

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